The Fish Sniffer - Spotted Bass Bite Heats Up With Warming Weather
Spotted Bass Bite Heats Up With Warming Weather

Written By: Dan Bacher, April 2, 2014
Species: Bass
Location: Lake Oroville,

Black bass fishing is shifting into high gear at Lake Oroville as the fish go on their annual pre-spawn bite.

“The bite has been really good over the past week,” reported Brent Cline at Oroville Outdoors. “Boaters are hooking lots of fish in the 12 to 15 inch slot while fishing in shallow water with tubes, ripbaits and small swimbaits.”

He recommended fishing in the main body or South Fork for the top action. The fish are spread all of the way from the bank to 20 feet.

“Paul Ford and I caught and released 40 bass, topped by a 4 pound largemouth, on our last trip to Oroville,” said Cline. “The rest of the fish were spots. We fished mainly with tubes from 5 to 20 feet deep.”

He hasn’t heard any catches of king or coho salmon lately. To target these salmon, anglers should troll with hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, from the Green Bridge to the dam.

Lake Oroville is now holding 1,606,621 feet of water, 45 percent of capacity and 62 percent of average. The water level is 742.28 feet above sea level.


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